Friday Photo: Beauty In Imperfection

Fairy figurine in the front lawn. Taken 8/22/2010 with Canon PowerShot A 1100 IS, Portrait mode, macro setting.

Fairy figurine in the front lawn. Taken 8/22/2010 with Canon PowerShot A 1100 IS, Portrait mode, macro setting.

“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” – Eugene Delacroix

When I first took this, I thought that it was a throwaway, but I waited to delete it until I could see it on a larger screen.

I mean, it’s a little crooked.  The subject is in shadow.  There’s dirt on the fairy’s face due to earlier heavy rains.  And yet, it is compelling.

It is a happy surprise.  The reason it works, the reason it is compelling is because it isn’t perfect, and, for me at least, its imperfection is where the visual interest lies, its beauty.  (You may know this concept as part of  wabi-sabi.)

What would the world look like if we were capable of seeing beauty in imperfection all the time?

Have you found beauty in imperfection recently?  If so, please do share.

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